Four young boys charged in Civic Stadium fire

Eugene Police announced on Wednesday evening that four juveniles will be charged for the fire that took down Civic Stadium.

Arson investigators received a tip that led them to the boys, aged 10 through 12, on Wednesday. A press release from the department indicates that fireworks were not a factor in the blaze.

Police say no names will be released because of the juvenile status of those charged. It took nearly 40 people to put the fire out, as The Register-Guard reported Tuesday. It’s still considered a crime scene by police.

The stadium was most recently acquired by Eugene Civic Alliance, which bought the site from Eugene School District 4-J and planned to renovate the fields into youth soccer facilities. Its last long-term tenant was the Eugene Emeralds, who took to the field at PK Park on Tuesday night in retro uniforms as an homage to their former home.

Construction was supposed to start on the Civic Alliance renovations early this month.

Eugene Police will host a press conference at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday at 300 Country Club Road.

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